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  • May 29, 2018
    Jon and I have been part of a book club since Ted and Anne Gleason, who are no longer with us, started the group—they called us the Oracles. Each year we pick a theme—at the end of the season we...
  • May 3, 2018
    “John Stoner was lynched in Doss, Louisiana, in 1909 for suing the white man who killed his cow.” “William Donegal was lynched in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908 for having a white wife.”
  • March 8, 2018
    This morning, on International Women's Day, I am thinking of the several remarkable women about whom I have written: Lucretia Mott, Anne Frank, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, and...
  • January 20, 2018
    Jon’s mother died on Tuesday. She was a pioneer for social justice, an anti-war activist, and a gardener, botanist and herbalist (she could wax eloquent any day about a humming bird or praying mantis...
  • December 5, 2017
    This is a blog about Anne Frank, but it starts with human rights advocate and Bard College professor Helen Epstein.
  • November 15, 2017
    “The Children’s War: Rescued from conflict, boy soldiers in South Sudan weigh a return to the fight.”
  • March 30, 2017
    March being "Women's History Month," I was asked to read from "Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice" at McKinley Elementary School. My audience? A kindergarten class. I was nervous.
  • January 9, 2017
    A Q&A with Dayna Meyers, editor of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health's online magazine: Global Health Now about "To End AIDS," an e-book that we produced at the Pulitzer Center. Several of...
  • November 10, 2016
    Tuesday night, as mothers all across the country tucked young daughters into bed, many told them when they awoke our country would have elected its first woman president.
  • June 22, 2016
    In 2020, the new $20 bill will feature Harriet Tubman. Also appearing on new U.S. currency will be Lucretia Mott and Eleanor Roosevelt. All three are subjects of my biographies—and the topic of a...